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slow upgrade from XP Home to XP Pro


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eaglemike

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I am working on a Gateway pc that had Windows XP Home Edition installed on it and has been used for over a year.

I am running an upgrade from a cd to bring the OS up to XP Professional.

I started the pc, logged in, put the cd in the drive, program started and chose to upgrade. Everything seemed ok but it's been saying that setup will complete in about six minutes. It's been saying this for ten hours now.
It first paused at 16 minutes so I left it over night. Went back to it this morning and it was down to seven, now six.
The keyboard and mouse still respond. I can open and close the cdrom drive.

I did power off the pc and restart it with the cd still inside. It booted up right into the setup XP Pro mode again and remains possibly stuck or really slow at this present time.

Anyone ever go through this before or possibly know the cause?
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austin_o

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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. Does the computer boot up normally now to XP Home or is it hosed because you tried the upgrade install? Do you have a full version XP Pro install CD or just an upgrade version? I would think a clean install, wiping the HD would be the least painfull way to go. If you have an upgrade version of XP Pro and you still have your original XP Home install cd, you should be able to wipe the hd and put in the XP home cd when the upgrade version wants to validate a previous windows install.
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The upgrade actually did finish after three days of solid running. The O/S still wasn't performing correctly though.
So I flushed the hard drive and started from scratch. All better now.
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